On the flipside, with all of that being said, when we submit our products to Non-GMO project for certification we have never actually listed the term Non-GMO in the ingredient deck to get feedback from them. This is definitely something i will be inquiring about. However, i also need to question their expertise in labeling before i allow them to guide me in listing something that can be a potential problem.
Ah, according to 3.2.4.Labeling, "Examples of claims that are not acceptable are“contains zero GMOs,” “GMO-free” and GE-free." I think they prefer only using their seal? You submit your labels to them to for approval (to ensure the seal matches their standards and there aren't any false claims), so you'll def get a review with their label expert.
My customer is in the process of getting their products certified with the non-GMO Project and they have asked us to provide SOPs that relate to our segregation of non-GMO items.
I see that you have done this. Can you give me any hints as to how you have done this? We already segregate for allergens and organics.
I am guessing that I need to compile a list of GMO and non-GMO items that come to our facility and segregate at the dock. That will be a huge undertaking.
What do you do for a product that is non-GMO from one supplier and GMO from another?
Do you also segregate all the way through your processing?
Thank you for any help you can provide.
I know this wasn't directed at me, but I'm gonna answer anyway, because. Still would love to hear how others are doing these things as well.
I separate using my IP program (same for kosher). We separate all the way through the process - when a *designated* non-GMO ingredient is delivered, we receive it in as we would an allergen (segregate, put in non-GMO storage, this does indeed happen at the dock). We have hundreds of ingredients, and the vast majority do not contain GMO (chocolate, spices, salts, etc). But we only store ingredients registered with the Project in our non-GMO storage.
We originally were going to have two versions of ingredients (non-GMO for the registered products and GMO for the others), but the amount we need is roughly half a minimum order. Since we must order over regardless, it ended up being less costly to buy the min order and use it for both products.
Edited by magenta_majors, 16 January 2015 - 08:29 PM.